What Vaccinations Does My Horse Need?

Vaccinating your horse is an important part of their preventative health care. There are many different illnesses that can be detrimental to a horse’s health if exposed to them without vaccination. It’s important to make sure your horse is vaccinated each year for Core vaccines, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rabies, Tetanus, and West Nile Virus. For those of us who choose to vaccinate our own horses, EQUI-JEC may be the right choice for you.

Stockdale’s carries a variety of EQUI-JEC vaccines such as EQUI-JEC 5, 6, 7, and West Nile Virus. EQUI-JEC 5 protects from five strains of infectious diseases in horses, all in one convenient shot. The vaccine protects against Influenza, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, and Herpesvirus. EQUI-JEC 6 protects against those same five strains as well as West Nile Virus, and EQUI-JEC 7 protects against all six strains in addition to Venezuelan Encephalomyelitis. All these vaccines are safe for use in pregnant mares and healthy horses four months of age or older.

When it comes time to vaccinate, it’s important to shake the pre-filled syringes well. When using aseptic technique, vaccinate horses intramuscularly with a 1-milliliter dose in the neck above the shoulder blade. Then, administer a second 1-milliliter dose intramuscularly in three to four weeks using a different injection site. Each package includes a peel-off sticker for easy recordkeeping.

Your veterinarian and local Stockdale’s animal health specialist can help to determine a vaccination schedule and an EQUI-JEC regimen that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual animal. Head to Stockdale’s for your horse care needs!